MINNEAPOLIS On June 15, 2001, the Twins traveled to Wrigley Field for a weekend series. They arrived in Chicago the best team in the AL Central, second-best in the league, boasting a 41-23 record. The Cubs were nearly as good, on top of the NL Central by a six-game margin, their 38-25 record worse than only the Diamondbacks in the NL.
The Cubs swept the Twins that weekend, back when Sammy Sosa was known for power rather than a corked bat and Torii Hunter was seven years from becoming an Angel. It was Tom Kelly vs. Don Baylor. It was before the Twins slipped behind the Indians and missed the playoffs, before the Cubs blew that six-game lead and fell to third in their division.
It was good baseball -- good teams, good ballpark, good fans.
This weekend? This wasn't that.
This weekend began as the AL's worst team against the NL's second-worst. This was a combined 43 wins and 72 losses going into Friday. But somehow, it almost didn't matter. Somehow, a feeling of hop...